Chicago rapper dies after being shot at least 64 times while leaving jail

Francis Akhalbey July 13, 2021
Authorities in Chicago say Londre Sylvester, a.k.a. KTS Dre, was shot at least 64 times. The incident occurred following his release from jail after posting bail -- Photo via Cook County Jail

A 31-year-old Chicago rapper died from at least 64 gunshot wounds after he was ambushed by unknown assailants following his release from jail on Saturday, police said.

According to Chicago Sun Times, Londre Sylvester, who goes by the stage name KTS Dre and Kutthroat Dreko, was making his way out of the Cook County Jail when the fatal shooting occurred. His bail had been posted by his fiancée the day before his release. It is unknown why he was not released the day his fiancée posted his bail and how his killers got to know he would be let go around the time.

Sylvester was being held at the Cook County Jail for violating his bail in connection to a 2020 felony gun case. Per the police report of his death, the drill rapper, following his release, was approaching a waiting vehicle when multiple suspects “exited two separate vehicles and all began to shoot in Sylvester’s direction, striking him numerous times,” NBC Chicago reported. The deceased was struck several times in the head and other parts of his body. Two women who were around the scene of the shooting were also hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Reports by the police indicated Sylvester was affiliated with a gang. Mugshots also revealed he had tattooed “Kill To Survive” as well as what looked like a gun sight around his neck, Chicago Sun Times reported.

A woman told the news outlet she was visiting an inmate in the jail when the shooting occurred, adding that she initially thought the gunshots were fireworks. “We were talking from car to car, and I looked at her and said, ‘Those sounded really close,” she recalled. “Moments later, I heard two pops in front of the visiting area, then more in a cadence that couldn’t be anything but gunshots.” She said she ended up having to search for cover.

“When the shooting stopped, a Cook Country [sheriff’s officer] said to me, ‘Young lady, I think you better move your car,’ and at first I laughed it off because I didn’t believe him, but he was serious and told me those were gunshots,” she said.

“I can’t stop thinking to myself that had I not stopped to talk to my friend, I could have been in that area when they were shooting. I was supposed to be over there.”

The assailants fled the scene in their vehicles following the shooting.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: July 13, 2021


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